The Liebster Award

Wowee, I've been nominated for an award?! Thanks so much to Phoebe's Diaries and Mary from Mostly Salty for tagging me for the Liebster Award -- it's exciting to know that people read and enjoy my blog! I really like reading these sorts of posts because they give a little more insight into the person behind the blog so I hope if you're interested you'll get to know a little more about me.

The rules are:
- Link the person who nominated you
- Answer the questions given by the nominator
- Nominate 11 other blogs who have less than 200 followers
- Create 11 questions for the nominees to answer
- Let bloggers know you have nominated them

Phoebe's Questions

1. What is the blog post you are most proud of?
I like this question! I really love how my Drugstore Berry Lip Edit turned out. The stained lips were definitely worth it.
2. What is your favourite film?
Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop. I am fascinated by the world of street art, and even got to work for some in Rome, so I have a great appreciation for the artistic expressionism they bring to the everyday streets.

3. If you could be a fictional character who would you be?
Tolouse from The Aristocats

4. What three items would you take to a desert island?
Swiss army knife, a pot, and George Orwell's 1984. It's good to be practical, but I'd also need some entertainment and I never get tired of reading my favorite book.

5. If you could travel in time, where would you go?
Renaissance Rome! Just imagine the excitement of being there when the Sistine Chapel was commissioned.

6. Favourite band/artist?
Right now I'm loving the MisterWives.

7. Best place to eat out?
Thai food!

8. What do you like most about the country/town you are from?
This is a mixed-answer question. I was born in and spent a few years in Japan, and I love the mellow countryside and walking alongside the rice paddies near my grandpa's house. I've spend most of my life growing up in California, though, and I must say I love the mild weather and diversity of cultures in my area -- I've been spoiled, I don't know if I could ever live anywhere else in the US!

9. Best concert you've ever been to?
Ugh I've been to so many good ones! I loved seeing the MisterWives, Walk the Moon, and Bastille live, and Childish Gambino killed in on stage, but the most memorable would probably be Macklemore.

10. If you watch youtube, who is your favourite YouTuber?
EssieButton, for sure!

11. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. Cats kind of freak me out...

1. What's something that you thought you were good at (but later realized you weren't)? 
Multitasking. I thought I was the shit until I realized that I actually compartamentalize my life... So while I do get a ton of different things done by the time I'm supposed to, I can't work on multiple things at once. Instead I focus in and put all my efforts into one thing at a time and catch up on the rest later.

2. What was your first AIM screen name or email address? Does the username have a story behind it?
HAHAHA, my first e-mail address was monkeygymnast. Classic. I was obsessed with gymnastics and loved every minute of it, and was often compared to a monkey because I loved climbing on things (and am also born in the year of the monkey).
3. What was the first CD you purchased? Would you still enjoy listening to it today?
Aaron Carter, Aaron's Party. Hell yeah, I still jam out to "I Want Candy" and "Aaron's Party."

4. What inspired you to start your blog? 
I love beauty products, creative writing and graphic design. Blogging was a way to combine all of those in one - I can hone my skills in concise writing, practice my photography, and tinker around with HTML/CSS to customize my blog layouts periodically. Not to mention share a bunch of stuff I've been loving beauty-wise and join a community of lovely bloggers through comments and follows!

5. Do you have any hidden talents? 
I'm really good a barking (yep, like a dog) and singing my own lyrics about the moment to The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World" in my Ariel voice.

6. What do you think is a common misconception about you? 
Hmm, I guess I get lots of mixed reactions - some people say I'm super friendly upon first interaction and others tell me they thought I was super intimidating. People also think I'm super shy, which I am at first, but talk to me for like 5 minutes and you'll find out how weird I really am.

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Japanese bento! If I could eat only one food it would definitely be white rice, so one meal would be a bento (preferably with salmon, umeboshi, and wakame salad).

8. What's your cocktail order? If you don't drink, how do you take your coffee?
Greyhounds and mojitos are usually safe bets, or a vodka cran. I take my coffee with milk and sometimes honey!

9. What's something you loved as a kid that makes you cringe now? 
There was a skater shoe fad and the more padded your sneakers, the cooler you were. Loved my chunky Sketchers back in the day but looking at those photos now, god, what the hell was I thinking.

10. Do you have any siblings? Are you the oldest, youngest, or middle child? 
I have a younger brother (who just decided what university he'll attend, so proud)!

11. What's one goal you have for your growing blog that you'd like to share?
I want to somehow incorporate more of the graphic design work that I love to do. I'm still trying to figure out how much and what kind of posts it would be in, so it's a work in progress, but hopefully once finals are over and I get a little more free time it's something I can work on!

I nominate: Muted Mornings, The Turquoise Door, Hannah Butterworth,  Em and ThemOlivia & Life#justAlice, The Beauty Monologue, All or Nothing, Ahem, It's Emme, Dervish Darling

My questions for you are (drumroll please):
1. What is the blog post you are most proud of?
2. What's your favorite season to dress for?
3. What's your go-to TV show right now?
4. If you had a one-way ticket anywhere, where would you go?
5. What is your spirit animal?
6. What's your favorite website to visit?
7. How would you spend your perfect Saturday?
8. Tell a joke!
9. Strangest thing you've ever eaten?
10. What's your favorite word?
11. What does your handwriting look like? (Write your favorite quote and upload a photo!)


  1. I would love to go to both Japan and California! You are very lucky :) Interesting to read your answers x

  2. I loved Aristocats as a kid! Also, EssieButton is one of my favorite Youtubers! Thanks again for nominating me!

    Amy | Dervish Darling

  3. Thank you so much for the nomination! Really enjoyed reading this. EssieButton is definitely my favourite too, and MisterWives are so good! I'm not sure when/if I'll have the time, but I'll try to do find the time :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  4. hehe you're so welcome, i really enjoy your blog!

  5. i hope you do find time, i'd love to read your answers! (:


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